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INTRODUCING OUR RESIDENT ARTIST & GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS:


Keith Clifton (Guest Choreographer) has performed on the stage in musicals including 42nd Street, George M, Oliver, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, and Anything Goes, for which he won the Dramalogue's Critics Choice Award for Best Choreography. His television credits include appearances in The Academy Awards Show, the Tim Conway Show, The Carpenter's, Wolfman Jack, and David Copperfield. Keith has also traveled as a guest artist to perform with regional ballet companies in lead roles such as: The Nutcracker, Copepelia, Swan Lake, and Firebird. He has staged and directed the entire Nutcracker ballet for The Irving Ballet of Dallas, Texas. In 1993 Keith was commissioned to restructure the entire jazz and tap syllabus for the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance.

He is a co-founder of the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and LA Danceforce Convention. Keith continues to teach around the world staying current with all the latest trends in choreography. He has taught dance throughout the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, San Salvador, and Guatemala.


Caitlin Christopher (Resident Artist) is from Atlanta, having danced at North Atlanta Dance Academy, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Boston Ballet. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with dance emphasis from University of Georgia. Some of her notable achievements in choreography are: “Intoxicating Misery” that received an honorable mention at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), the trio “Unquiet Divide” that was nominated for and shown at American College Dance Festival Association, and “NYC-SYR: Seat 24” the 10 dancer ensemble piece that was nominated for ACDFA.

Caitlin is a member of the contemporary ballet company Ballet Fantastique in Eugene Oregon, performing soloist roles in the sold out Cirque de Lune, Casanova, and Pride and Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet and Ballet Fantastique’s International tour in San Benedetto, Italy, dancing As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet.

David Maccree (Guest Choreographer)

• Training: Kathryn Howard School of Dance, Dance Extreme, Oak Ridge Academy of Dance, Knox Dance Worx, University of Tennessee Dance Society's Boss Dance Company • Unique Opportunities: West Coast Dance Explosion Faculty Show (Lead Dancer), Tremaine Faculty Show (Dancer), Capezio's 125th Anniversary showcase • Awards: Two time senior break out artist runner up – NuVo, Regional Male Elite Dancer - West Coast Dance Explosion, VIP Runner up - JUMP The Alternative Convention, “Too Cool for School” platinum judges’ award • Currently: Training at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center (within their apprentice program, the professional semester).


Melissa Sandvig (Guest Choreographer) is a California native. She began dancing at The Long Beach Ballet, from there she continued her training at Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and The Milwaukee Ballet. After graduating high school Melissa was accepted into the Milwaukee Ballet Company and continued her career there for 6 years.

Melissa is now a freelance performer in the Los Angeles area performing with companies such as the Sacramento Ballet, Helios Dance Theater, Luminario Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, The Los Angeles Opera, Body Traffic and Motion Tribe. Melissa is one of few dancers privileged to perform Marie de la Palme’s aerial piece “Le Coure Illumine”.

She has become a freelance master teacher as well as the ballet teacher on tour with Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention. Melissa was a finalist in Season 5 of “So You Think You Can Dance” and was the first classically trained ballerina ever on the show. She has also made an appearance as a ballerina on the hit show “Glee” “Dancing with the Stars”, and “America’s Got Talent”. Melissa is also working with Cirque du Soleil creating a new show.

Bryant Henderson (Guest Artist) is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow and MFA candidate in the University of Oregon's Department of Dance, and is also a Graduate Certificate Candidate in the Women's and Gender Studies program at UO. Bryant is originally from Sylacauga, Alabama, and has studied extensively as a dancer and choreographer in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, contemporary, and aerial dance. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Public Relations from The University of Alabama in 2010. Bryant has worked within the Miss America Pageant system as a performer and choreographer in Alabama and Oregon, served as a counselor for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at Alabama, interned at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and served as a guest artist at several studios and colleges. Bryant has choreographed for musicals such as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, and Wild Party. While residing in New York City, Bryant performed with SYREN Modern Dance, BEings Dance, DEMA Dance, and J. Chen Project. Afterwards, Bryant toured the world as a dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruises and POET Theatricals. Currently, Bryant is on faculty at Eugene Ballet Academy and adjudicates for StageOne National Dance Competitions.


Rebekah Manookin (Guest Choreographer) graduated from Kathryn Howard School of Dance and continued her dance training with intensive classes at The Edge, and multiple dance companies, including the Brigham Young University-Idaho Dance Alliance Touring Company. Rebekah enjoys sharing her love of dance with young students while challenging them technically and helping them make an emotional connection to her pieces.

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